31 March 2014

Liberia: Media Advocacy Group Calls for Closure of Liberia - Guinea Border

Health workers teach local citizens about the Ebola virus and how to prevent infection. Researchers from Doctors Without Borders say the virus may have been spreading for months in Guinea, where people are less familiar with signs and symptoms of the disease

Monrovia - A pro media advocacy group, the Liberian media for Peace, Reconciliation and Development, has called for the immediate closure of neighboring borders with Guinea, and other neighboring countries in order to strengthen the fight against the deadly Ebola virus.

In a press release signed by the group's Executive Director, James Kwabo, Jr LIMPARD believes, if nothing is done to address the situation, the prevention of Ebola in Liberia will be an empty, political, and mere statement by the government. The group added, the prolong silence of the government of Liberia regarding the closing of neighboring borders, is posing serious health threat to citizens and residence in the country.

The group further argues that the prevention of Ebola cannot be just a mere say, but rather practical preventive actions must be taken to fight the disease by both government and nongovernmental actors. LIMPARD strongly believe the situation is serious and should be taken as a national emergency issue that challenges the wellbeing of citizens.

At the same time, LIMPARD is advising the government to make the preventive campaign as a collective and participatory engagement with all citizens by strengthening county and community base organizations, including NGOs to carry out more robust awareness on the deadly disease.

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